Rafael Nadal could lose Spanish throne to Carlos Alcaraz

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Rafael Nadal could lose Spanish throne to Carlos Alcaraz

Rafael Nadal became the Spanish top-ranked player in 2005. Rafa produced an incredible season as a teenager, lifting his first Major crown and adding four Masters 1000 trophies to his tally. Nadal needed a couple of years to become the most decorated Spanish player in history.

He kept all of his compatriots behind, pushing them to work harder and follow his pace. Since 2005, Rafa has been the top-ranked Spanish player every week but 38 in 2013 and 2015 when David Ferrer took charge and stood as the Spanish no.

1 player. On October 5, 2015, Ferrer was world no. 7 and stood one place above Nadal, who passed him the following week. Rafa has been the top-ranked Spaniard ever since, and it could change next week for the first time in almost seven years!

If Carlos Alcaraz reaches the Canada Masters final this week, he will earn 600 points and improve his tally to 5635 points. Nadal stands on 5620 and will become Spanish world no. 2 if Alcaraz wins four matches in Montreal.

Rafael Nadal is less than 600 points in front of Carlos Alcaraz on ATP ranking list.

Rafa and Carlos are the ATP Race to Turin leaders ahead of Montreal and the year-end no.

1 contenders. Nadal leads the field with 5620 points after lifting two Major titles. Rafa skipped the second part of 2021 due to a foot injury and made a perfect comeback this year. He claimed three consecutive titles at the start of the season, including his first Australian Open crown in 13 years.

With a boost on his side, Nadal lifted the trophy in Acapulco and reached the Indian Wells final. He played it with a fractured rib and lost to Taylor Fritz in straight sets. Rafa missed Monte Carlo and Barcelona and did not play well in Madrid and Rome.

He raised his level at the most significant scene and secured his 14th Roland Garros title after beating Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Casper Ruud. Eager to maintain that run at Wimbledon, Nadal reached the third consecutive All England Club semi-final before withdrawing ahead of Nick Kyrgios clash due to an abdominal injury.

Rafa withdrew from Montreal and will do his best to recover ahead of the US Open. Carlos Alcaraz has shown his full potential this year, lifting two Masters 1000 titles and becoming one of the youngest top-4 players since 1973.

The youngster has won 42 out of 49 matches this year and will pass Nadal for the first time on the ATP ranking list if he scores four more triumphs in Canada. Carlos meets Tommy Paul in the second round.